Build your own green folder. Allow it to become your spiritual and emotional survival kit. It’s not out of the norm to keep a first aid kit in your car or a few gallons of water in your basement for an emergency. We should follow the same guidelines for our souls. In your times of mental clarity and hopefulness, file away the quotes, phrases, verses, prayers and letters of encouragement you know you will need in times of disbelief and despair.
I’m not the hardest working person in my industry, not even close. I don’t get up at 5:00am to bike 30 miles. I don’t drink wheatgrass everyday. I don’t put in 60 hours a week at the office.
I’m ambitious, sure, but my goal isn’t to be the best, or even the most successful. My goal is to have staying power. Through rain, sleet, and snow, I aim to outlast everyone.
Largely unnoticed in European history books is the tiny French village of Le Chambon. Mountainous, impoverished, and easily overlooked, the small town of Le Chambon represents a miracle of compassion.
During the four years of the German occupation of France in the 1940’s, this sleepy town assisted nearly five thousand Jews, most of them children, to navigate Nazi-occupied France into neutral Switzerland. Under the leadership of a local minister named Andre Trocme, hundreds of ordinary Chambonnais risked certain death to rescue, house, and forge identities for the Jewish refugees of World War II.
I know nothing about physics. My science journey ended in high school after a generous B minus in Chemistry my junior year.
But I was fascinated last week to read the story of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Peter Higgs.
Nearly five decades ago, a young Peter Higgs theorized that there was a particle that acts as the building blocks of the universe. He believed that a subatomic particle must exist that made matter clump together to form everything around us today.
His theory hinged on the existence of a so-called “God Particle” and while his ideas were good, they couldn’t be proven. Until now.
If you’ve ever read a self-help book or listened to a motivational speaker, there is a lot of talk about how you should “blaze a new path” or “rewrite the rules” in your quest for significance.
They cite famous men like Steve Jobs (Apple), Richard Branson (Virgin), or Jeff Bezos (Amazon) as people who burned down the old ways of thinking and built an entirely new highway amidst the rubble of the old.
I’m inspired by those stories, but the reality is, very few of us are […]
I had lunch with a guy who pitched me on a plan to build 54 orphanages in Africa, one for each country. It was an exciting vision and I loved his passion. But from what I can tell, he hasn’t done any of it. His problem? He was wedded to a massive vision for impact and struggled with the idea of small change over time.
People often make the mistake of trying to do way too much, way too fast. This is your surest road to burnout.
Here’s a tip you’ve already heard before […]
The greatest advice I ever received was from three dear friends in the winter of 2007.
I was caught in a whirlwind of fear trying to start an organization from the couch of my apartment. My only business skills were the C minus I stumbled through in a college economics class.
My friends sat me down and said this […]
I have a lot of conversations with people worried about what they do. Worried they aren’t making an impact. Worried their life isn’t panning out the way they expected.
But I know for a fact that the person you are becoming is far more important than the work you are doing.
This isn’t just my spirituality talking either. I believe good character creates sustainable success […]
On May 20, 2012, 18 year-old Takunda Mavima was driving home from a party when he lost control and crashed his car into an off-ramp near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Riding in the car were 17 year-old, Tim See, and 15 year-old, Krysta Howell. Both were killed in the accident. Takunda Mavima lived.
Mavima pleaded guilty to all charges and was […]
Every so often, I’ll get an email from someone that goes like this:
“Wow, I’ve seen you’ve been doing X, Y, and Z. Awesome. Have you ever heard of blank organization or blank writer? They basically do the same thing you do and are really successful. Maybe you can learn from them?”
When I’m at my best, I can learn something from them. But more often than not, every time I read that email, I just feel horrible about myself […]
Every journey has rocky paths, dark valleys of uncertainty, and stretches of disillusionment.
In our most desperate times of unbelief, how then should we live?
I recently stumbled upon a reflection on the legend of Saint Christopher that I’ve found comforting…